National Bank Volunteer Program
Every action counts!
This year, our employees and retired employees set their sights high: They aimed to donate 100,000 hours of their time to the organization of their choice. To help them reach their goal, the National Bank Volunteer Program pledged to donate one dollar to a youth organization for each hour volunteered to enhance the lives of people in need.
Thanks to the determination and passion of our employees and retired employees, the Children’s Wish Foundation received a cheque for $100,000 to make wishes come true for many children.
National Bank employees and retirees have been volunteering in their communities for many years. Throughout the Bank’s history, they have played a key role in a wide variety of inspiring initiatives. Through their personal and collective action, they have always shown a sincere commitment to making a difference in people’s lives.
Meet our volunteer employees and their vibrant testimony. Watch the video
Spotlight on a National Bank Volunteer
Spotlight on Véronique Bourque
at the National Bank Financial branch
in Saint-Georges, Beauce, Quebec… and volunteer!
Organization supported : Autisme-TED Chaudière-Appalaches
Can you tell us how you came to be involved with Autisme-TED Chaudière-Appalaches?
My involvement with autism started well before I joined this particular organization. When my son started intensive behavioural intervention (IBI) at our local rehabilitation centre for the intellectually disabled, I quickly realized that there was a desperate need for support for parents who have children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), as well as their friends and family.
So I lobbied hard for my rehabilitation centre to set up a meeting group for parents, covering various topics and workshops. After several attempts, the centre developed a series of five parent meetings, which were then passed along to Autisme-TED Chaudière-Appalaches.
For the past two years, we’ve therefore benefitted from monthly parent support meetings here in Saint-Georges. I’ve seized the opportunity to submit lots of ideas for raising awareness about autism, such as setting up an information kiosk in our shopping centre. So far, we’ve held two such information days, and they’ve been a huge success.
What does volunteering mean to you?
For me, volunteering is a way of paying it forward. My motto is to help those around you every day that life gives you. And I owe that energy to my son Antoine, who’s six years old, autistic with a severe cognitive impairment, and my superhero!
Spotlight on Hélène Boudreault
Leadership and Employee Experience,
Organization supported: Sainte-Dorothée school in Laval
Hélène Boudreault (2nd from the right) with the principal, teachers and volunteers at Sainte-Dorothée school.
Why did you decide to volunteer for Sainte-Dorothée school in Laval?
My son is in grade 1 at that school and I was asked to join the Parent Participation Organization (PPO). Through my involvement with the organization, I have seen first-hand how dedicated the teachers are to the children’s development and how hard they work to create a stimulating environment in the classroom. Their commitment to the children is inspiring and has a ripple effect on the parents.
How will the Bank’s financial contribution of $250 help support the school’s activities?
The school’s operating budget is very tight, so the Bank’s financial support will have a real impact on organizing activities for the children. For example, we hold an annual Christmas market, for which each child is asked to donate a used toy. We also organize a fitness day in May for the students and their families to highlight the importance of physical activity for staying healthy.
What role do you play in the PPO?
One of the strengths of the PPO is that every parent contributes a skill to complement the skill sets of the other members. For example, I use my expertise in project management, change management and communications to help plan and promote our activities. In fact, several businesses in the community, including the Bank branch on Samson boulevard in Sainte-Dorothée, once again helped make this year’s Christmas market possible through their generous donations.
What does volunteering mean to you?
It’s an opportunity to give back to my community and to be more involved in my son’s school. I encourage other Bank employees to participate in the Volunteer Program. We all have talents that can make a difference!
Spotlight on a committed team from New Brunswick!
a committed team from New Brunswick
Organization supported: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Moncton
Front: Lucy Dutton, Mélanie Dupuis, Marie-Pier Roussel and Marc Bernard. Back: Peter MacDonald (Executive Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Moncton), Monique Collette, Jean-Marc Poitras, Janie Chiasson, Kim Pelletier and Randy Comeau. Not shown: Linda Beers.
Mission of the organization
To match a child or group of young people with a mentor in order to encourage them to stay in school, develop self-confidence and trust in others, and build leadership skills.
Why did you choose Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Moncton?
We contacted our local United Way, as recommended by the Bank’s Volunteer Program, and they pointed us to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Moncton. The organization was looking for a group of handy volunteers to spruce up its offices and do some cleanup. We were looking for an activity that would make a difference. It was a request that fit us to a T.
What did you do specifically?
At first glance, the amount of work to be done was overwhelming, given the time we had! But, in half a day, we managed to repaint a large office and tidy up several rooms. We also created a template for preparing tax receipts. The organization’s directors didn’t expect it could all be completed by a team of 10 in so little time. We quickly divided up the work and prioritized the jobs to be done. We worked hard and fast, stayed upbeat and got everything done on time!
What did you think of the experience of volunteering as a team?
It was a very memorable experience, in terms of both team-building and helping the community. When we saw how grateful the directors were, we could really see how much good we had done. This initiative also helped build solid ties among all the team members. We intend to get involved in other activities like this one to keep making a difference in our region. We would like to encourage all Bank employees across the country to give it a try!
1 Up to $100,000 per year